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Harry Houdini, by Jean Therrin.
Harry Houdini was born under the name of ERISH WEISS on March 27,1874.
He was of Hungarian origin, but he lived in America.
His father Samuel and his mother Cecilia were poor.He had 4 brothers,
Theodore,Leopold,Nathan,William and he had one sister,Carrie.
He went to a religious school and he worked to help his family.
When he was 15 years old, he became a magician and he did 20 shows a day
He earned $12 a week.
He performed his work with his brother.
In 1892 Houdini was a metamorphosis illusionist and he became a king of cards.
He was famous for his magic.
He developed the handcuff challenge act and then many other shows where he proved able to free himself from the tightest bonds . He advertised for his talent by proving he could escape the best-guarded and the most famous prison cells.
He did his first show in Europe,in 1900 and he then earned $ 2000 a week.
He bought an airplane and he became the first man to pilot an airplane.
Houdini was an extremely famous magician who broke a lot of records.
Harry Houdini died on Halloween day in 1926.
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